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Pearson Senior Manager of School Leadership in Maryland

Senior Manager of School Leadership - ( 2108140 )


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At Pearson Virtual Schools, we are committed to a world that is always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always reexamining the way people learn best, whether it is one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology—and each other to surpass these boundaries—we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

Pearson Virtual Schools group provides high-quality, highly accountable online education solutions to schools, school districts and students in grades K-12. It serves families and schools with a variety of digital learning and online school solutions including Connections Academy, International Connections Academy, and Pearson Connexus. In 2020, it will deliver full time online learning to over 100,000 students in the U.S. Recognized for its outstanding curriculum, high-quality teachers and leadership, Pearson is committed to expanding quality education through technology, and helping students achieve both academic and personal success.

The Senior Manager of School Leadership will travel to schools throughout the country in order to support new School Leaders or to fill in for School Leaders when needed. When not traveling, the Senior Manager of School Leadership will assist the Customer Success Partner team by helping to drive process improvement in various aspects of school management, operations, support, and academic improvement. The Senior Manager of School Leadership will also act as subject matter expert on the Connections Academy School model for Pearson internal department questions/trainings and professional development. The Senior Manager of School Leadership will report to the Head, School Success Partner. Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


  • Deliver academic performance outcomes (state testing/accountability, course completion, graduation rate) by coaching school leaders and leadership teams to increase their skills as instructional leaders;

  • Help school leaders to maximize funded enrollment to meet state requirements (count day, attendance, course completion, ADM, etc.);

  • Travel to schools around the country as needed to support or fill in for School Leaders who are on leave (i.e., Principals or Assistant Principals) (travel could vary significantly from little to intermittent, to extended visits);

While “substituting” at a school, the position may handle all of the key responsibilities for the School Leader in collaboration with PSLT and other School Leaders including:

  • Ensure the academic success of individual students by utilizing all levels of academic support available and by maintaining a high level of communication with parents to deliver program information and address individual student needs;

  • Manage the implementation of the proven Connections Academy curriculum and school operation protocols;

  • Ensure that teachers exhibit and maintain a high level of professionalism, instructional support and customer service;

  • Manage relationships with the Department of Education, and stay current on the state’s policies, procedures and legislation, including specific special education procedures, etc;

  • Meet regularly with the Charter School Board (if applicable);

  • Provide the Board with regular written and verbal reports and updates, as well as maintaining a high level of communication with other appropriate Pearson Virtual Schools staff;

  • Assist teaching staff with implementing any program changes and/or new software application introductions;

  • Exhibit high quality communication with all Connections Academy staff, students and families;

  • Handle any student problems escalated by parents and teachers;

  • Oversee the contracting and/or delivery of special education services to ensure that the school is in compliance with state and federal laws;

  • Manage the budget and staffing of the school;

  • Oversee the implementation and coordination of state standardized testing process, and ensure high student participation rates;

  • Provide assistance to families in need of additional support and encourage a high level of engagement in the program;

  • Participate in student recruitment efforts including in-state trips, presentations, Q & A sessions and responding to the press;

  • Communicate with parent Community Coordinators to suggest social activities and relevant field trips for students;

  • Devise and implement virtual methods of creating and maintaining a “school community”;

  • Recruit, supervise and evaluate all school staff as required by the state and the school;

  • Manage reconciliation between the school’s SIS system, data in Pearson Connexus, and state and local student information;

  • All other duties as assigned.

When not “substituting” at a school duties may include:

  • Oversee and assist in tasks related to the start-up of new schools including, attending launch meetings, research of enrollment and regulatory requirements, sectioning, and supporting new School Leaders throughout the school year cycle;

  • Assist with the development of school-based leadership support infrastructure and training elements;

  • Closely monitor and analyze school metrics such as grading, student achievement, teacher/family contacts, teacher workloads, parent satisfaction, student promotion and retention, escalation, state test results, graduation rates, etc. – and work to define, document, and disseminate “best practice” processes that ensure the resulting metrics reflect high quality delivery of service and/or successful student achievement and other performance outcomes;

  • Review how schools provide the appropriate support, assistance, and direction to all enrolled students to ensure academic achievement and define, document, and disseminate “best practice” processes to improve the efficiency and/or effectiveness of those efforts;

  • Review school handbooks, accreditation documents and other published policy documents for accuracy and completeness;

  • Support the implementation of school goals and short- and long-term school-based planning and school improvement efforts based on those goals;

  • Assist in the development, in conjunction with Academic Success Partners, of operational protocols, procedures, and services – including the effective implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) – to support the schools’ improvement plans;

  • Collaborate with Operations Support and Training Departments to ensure training focus and materials for teachers and school leaders aligned to best practices and facilitate school improvement and completion of school year cycle (SYC) tasks;

  • Act as subject matter expert for all training materials related to SYC tasks (review of help text, annual data view edits/review prior to launch);

  • Assist in the planning and execution of the annual Winter and Summer Leadership Conferences and monthly school leadership meetings;

  • Serves as substitute for Academic Success Partners;

  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

Primary Location : US-Maryland

Job : Learning Delivery

Organization : North America Connections

Employee Status : Regular Employee

Job Type : Standard

Job Level : Manager

Shift : Day Job

Travel : Yes, 25 % of the Time

Job Posting : Jun 6, 2021

Job Unposting : Ongoing

Schedule: : Full-time Regular

Req ID: 2108140